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Pakistan’s Nuke Grandfather Freed

From the UK’s Telegraph:

Pakistan court lifts restrictions on nuclear proliferation ‘godfather’ A.Q. Khan

A.Q. Khan, the ‘godfather’ of Pakistan’s nuclear programme accused of sharing technology with rogue states, has been granted full freedom from the terms of his house arrest by a court.

28 Aug 2009

Mr Khan’s lawyer, Ali Zafar, said the Lahore High Court ruled that "nobody can restrict the movement of A.Q. Khan" and that notices had been issued to the police and government asking them to explain why they were continuing to do so.

"It is excellent and heart warming and very gratifying," Mr Khan said. "I think the people who have been involved in playing mischief with me will get the message and allow me live a peaceful, private life as a citizen."

It was unclear whether the authorities would obey the decision.

Mr Khan was detained in December 2003 and admitted on television in early 2004 that he operated a network that spread nuclear weapons technology. He has since repeatedly retracted that statement.

He was pardoned by President Pervez Musharraf, but immediately placed under de facto house arrest.

In February, the Islamabad High Court announced he was a "free citizen", subject to a confidential accord struck with the government.

Since then, he has had to tell authorities of his travel plans, apply for permission for guests to visit him at home and intelligence and agents and security officials have maintained a heavy presence outside his house.

The government says the restrictions were necessary for his own safety.

While reviled in the West, Mr Khan is regarded as hero by many in Pakistan because he led the country’s efforts to produce a nuclear weapon.

What a world. 

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, August 30th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Pakistan’s Nuke Grandfather Freed”

  1. MinnesotaRush says:

    This is plain dangerous. The stitches are comin’ off this ball of ours.

  2. beautyofreason says:

    It is perhaps one of the worst times in American history to have a weak president. I hope the damage is not irreparable.

    Once Iran gets nukes, they aren’t going to let them go. not exactly a do-over event.

    • proreason says:

      Don’t give him credit for being weak, bor.

      He and his handlers are enacting their plan.

      It isn’t happenstance or weakness.

  3. proreason says:

    ala my post about Joe Scarborough’s view that the White House approved the release of the Lockerbie bomber, who imagines Pakistan would have done this without the Moron’s approval.

    And you think I’m nutt for saying the Moron is the most dangerous man to be alive since Stalin died, and for pointing out the parallels to the Nazis.

    He is destabalizing the world.

    And he is doing it deliberately. These aren’t the actions of a naif.

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